A Theology of Place.

Or, how a coffee shop can change who you are.

An Average Day in the Life.

This is far from the first time I have watched the exact same sunset.

Most of those hours were spent listening to music.

To this day, Mac Miller’s Swimming tastes like drip coffee.

If I hear anything off of Joji’s BALLADS 1, it is December of 2018 and I am depressed, walking through the freezing cold into Portland Brew with an armful of books.

Hannah Hunt by Vampire Weekend sounds like a spring day spent sitting on the porch and reading for fun.

Bon Iver’s RABi takes me back to the many times I have hid tears (of sorrow, of joy, of loss) in one of the corner seats here.

Just as much as this coffeeshop has fit my life into it,

Throughout these two years,

Today, I find myself thinking about place, and it’s role in the life of the people of God.

When I tell the story of God bringing about wholeness in my own life,

God’s Place in Our World.

I won’t pretend to fully understand it, but I just get the sense there’s something holy in that.



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Lorne Jaques

Writer. Teacher. Pastor. Interpreter of strange times, and aspiring polymath.